The School believes that involvement in sports programmes, with their emphasis on physical fitness, skill and team building, is an important part of School life. Disciplined care of the body and the cultivation of temperate habits are essential for Healthy living. For this reason Sport is compulsory for all boys from Years 3 to 12.
In the Preparatory School, sporting activities are provided in a range of different areas catering for the abilities of all boys. The emphasis is on team sports in order to encourage co-operation, camaraderie and mutual respect. Competitiveness is encouraged for the sake of enabling boys to give of their best, rather than simply for the sake of winning. Boys are given the opportunities to succeed and develop through to the elite level in one or more of many different sports. All boys participate in inter-school competitions usually on Saturdays during term. Inter-school matches are organised under the auspices of the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) NSW Branch Ltd.
Participation of boys in sporting activities is an essential part of school life. The boys benefit from such participation in many ways, including: improvement in physical well-being; learning to extend themselves; learning and experiencing team work; developing and refining skills; learning to cope with adversity; learning to lose with dignity and to win with grace.
Boys in Kindergarten to Year 3 do not play in teams at an inter-school level (Year 4 commence in Term 2). Year 3 boys participate in 6week skills sessions in the four traditional sports of Cricket, Basketball, Rugby and Football (Soccer), during their weekly sport sessions. These culminate in a Saturday morning Gala Day at the end of each Season of Sport where all boys play a series of House games. The boys must all meet a minimum swimming standard in their swimming sessions and are also involved in a Track & Field season. All boys in Years 4 – 6 are required to attend sports practices and to make themselves available to play for a School team on Saturday mornings at the various venues each Saturday of term.
SPORTS POLICY FOR THE PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Sport is played for enjoyment and to develop skill, fitness, teamwork and sportsmanship.
> The sports played are AFL, basketball, cricket, cross-country running, football (soccer), Oz-Tag, rugby, softball, swimming and track & field.
> All boys in Years 3-6 must participate in the athletics, cross country and swimming carnivals and for Years 4 – 6 there is compulsory sport played on Saturdays in summer and winter seasons.
> A medical certificate must be produced when a boy is not fit to participate in sport. Any other exemptions shall be at the discretion of the Master of the Preparatory School.
> The events entered, the number of teams offered, and the arrangements in each sport are determined by the School.
> Team places are awarded each year on merit after trialling.
> Saturday sport is organised under the auspices of IPSHA (NSW Branch Ltd).
SATURDAY SPORT OPTIONS
Summer: Basketball | Cricket | Oz-Tag | Softball (Years 5 & 6) | Tee-Ball (Year 4)
Winter: AFL | Football (Soccer) | Rugby | Swimming
Inter-seasonal: Cross Country Team | Track and Field | Swimming Team
In addition to the major sports, the following are available to boys as optional co-curricular sports/activities. Some incur a cost to the boys as they involve external coaches.
> Self Defence Classes
> Cricket Coaching
> Emerging Athletes Programme
> Squad Swimming
> Diving Squad
> Holiday Rugby and Football Camps
> PK – 2 Minimites programme
> Rugby Clinic
> Football Coaching